In retrospect, I should have suggested Wednesday as the first day at my new job.
This weekend was amazing, enlightening, and reassuring.
I was fortunate enough to spend the bulk of it with four fabulous women that I am thankful to have as friends. I got to know several of them better outside of the training environment and I learned we have more in common than I could ever have guessed.
I was blessed to be part of a taikai (tournament) team that won bronze, so I have another medal to add to my collection which includes my Catholic school graduation (I was never actually Catholic, but that is a story for another time) and the bronze medal I won at the last taikai I competed it. I have yet to receive even one flag, but I expect if I work harder to improve, they will come in time.
Today, one of the wonderful Sensei from Japan told us that taikai is often judged more on strength and that ability to show strength is good for little else because ranks are not given for that but for much more.
We were punished for improper etiquette. This was a problem with people from most divisions. Indeed, many failed their gradings this weekend either because of something small or because they went over time by 1 second.
There are quite a lot of little things I learned that I think will help me greatly improve. The slightest incorrect foot placement can have a profound effect on hip placement, which results in a bad cut and possibly means having missed the target completely.
Also, something from my past came full circle this weekend and I am finally able to leave it behind me. I’m very happy about this.
I was able to start my next short story. Despite never having heard my editor’s voice, I hear her in my head each time I write something to vague, so I put questions that need answering in parentheses and keep writing the first draft.
Well, I must be getting to bed as I start my first day as a content producer tomorrow. That is a fancy title that means writer plus a few other things.